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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Explorer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 012002

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Rear sear belt behind driver's seat does not release from retracking mechanism.

- 29 Palms, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012002

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the rear seat belt behind drivers seat becomes jammed and will not release from retracting mechanism, causing the seat belt to become inoperable.

- 29 Palms, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 172000

Explorer

  • miles
Seatbelt retractor allowed excessive slack to be released during vehicle rollover. Occupant was partially ejected from vehicle, resulting in loss of right leg.

- Daingerfield, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 022000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Thank you for your article confirming repeated seatbelt failure with Ford. My 98 Ford Explorer Sport has been to the original dealer twice with seatbelts that do not retract correctly. They hang out the door. The dealership told me it is because of the seating position. (upright!) I have contacted Ford directly and was referred back to the dealer. I'm a car seat technician through NHTSA and am familiar with how seat belts work. These work when they want to. I constantly have to guide them back into the retractor. Please help because I'm sure I'm not the only one. Thank you.

- Mt. Washington, KY, USA

problem #2

Sep 011999

Explorer

  • miles
When getting into vehicle and starting it up, throttle sticks. Consumer has to press the gas pedal real hard to stop the throttle from sticking. Also, passenger's side seat belt won't come out, and front passenger's seat keeps sliding forward whenever consumer is driving.

- Sharpsburg, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 011998

Explorer

  • miles
Passenger side seatbelt began to tighten on passenger, the seat belt would not loosen and had to be cut off. Vehicle taken to the dealer where there were no part available to repair the seatbelt.

- Sachse, TX, USA

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